#tarotthursdaythree 1/26/2017

It’s time for #tarotthursdaythree! This writing challenge/invitation is hosted by Julia of SpiralSeaTarot.com. The questions for this day were provided by Vanessa, check out her post here.

1. What was your first time like giving an in-person reading? Where were you? How did you feel? Spill the deets!

The first time I gave an in-person reading was to my hubby, and I had just started reading so I was using the guidebook more than my intuition. It was not so bad because well he’s my husband. I have never read in-person for a “client”, although I have started doing readings via audio recordings. I do hope to one day read in-person. I imagine I will be very nervous for a while, until I get comfortable. I think it’s a completely different experience and dynamic, so I do look forward to doing that in the future.

2. Have you ever had a negative client response to one of your readings? How did they react and why? How did you respond back?

I’ve never had a negative response… but I have had no response at all, which kind of feels like a negative response. If I had a negative response I would probably apologize, maybe refund if they asked for a refund. Then I might even reconsider reading for others :(, which means I need to prepare for a negative response and I look forward to reading how others handle them.

3. Have you ever been challenged by a skeptic regarding tarot? What was your experience like?

I have talked to many people who are skeptics about tarot, and people who think that card reading is evil. Anytime I talk to someone about card reading I tell them that  I don’t do fortune telling, so I don’t read the future. I explain to them that the cards have archetypes and themes that can help provide guidance about situations in our lives. I’ve never met anyone who openly challenged me, most people, if they disagree, they don’t bring it up any more and neither do I.

 

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#TarotThursdayThree for 1/19/2017

It’s the 3rd round of the #tarotthursdaythree challenge/practice. First time I make it on time!  Today’s questions are by Ania, you can check out her blog here.

1. If you could design your own tarot deck and have it mass-produced, what theme would it have and what would it look like overall? 

I feel that there are so many tarot decks out there already, I can’t think of any one theme that is missing, or that I would be interested in making.  But, I have created an oracle deck before. It was simple, in the art department, I used icons from Creative Commons. I printed it for myself and used it a few times. I should really use it more often. I was actually thinking of doing a short YouTube video to show that deck and talk about how I made it and why I made it. It is a technology inspired deck that uses technology symbols that we are all familiar with, and I give them a spiritual meaning, because why not?! And also I have an interest (fascination) with technology and artificial intelligence.

2. How do you feel about the Celtic Cross spread?

I can’t say I have many feeling about the CC spread. I have tried it twice, right after I bought my first deck, the Universal Rider Waite, because it came with a poster with the spread on it, so I did a reading for my hubby and a few weeks after a reading for my sister-in-law. Surprisingly they were very accurate, I just went by the guidebook description of the cards since I didn’t know any of the meanings. I must say I have never used it again, and never felt drawn to using it. It is long and complicated in my opinion, I stick to 3-5 card spreads.

3. If you could have any deck in the whole world (that you do not already), which one would you pick and why? 

I’m having trouble picking a deck, and it’s not because I don’t have a wish list! I do, and it’s long, and changes often hehe. I can’t say I want any super expensive or rare decks, well except maybe the Tarot de Marseilles by Alexander Andreev, which costs $5,000 because it is made with gold, and is painted with ink made from precious jewels! But more realistically I would like the Gaian Tarot, the first edition, because I don’t like the borders on the mass-produced version.

I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s blog posts! I love that we are sharing about decks and tarot, and also that it has us writing! Thank you Julia!

Tarot Thursday Three

I’m still catching up on my blog posts for #tarotthursdaythree. This is the post for January 12th, 2017. Questions by Beth (@greenwitch_oracle).

1. What do you do with a deck you don’t connect with?

The short answer is I trade them. But after reading Julia’s post, where she mentions not trading decks but just keeping them around, I’m starting to think that might not be such a bad idea. I, like many other tarot readers, have a slight problem with wanting all the decks. My wish list is long, and changes often. Every now and then I’ll go and weed out the decks I don’t feel too interested in anymore and and replace them with new decks I am interested in. I have many decks with which I have not given myself a real chance to connect. I would like to work with a deck for a month at least before deciding that I don’t connect with it.

2. How long do you give yourself to connect with a new deck?

Oops I kind of went into this answer above. I don’t have a set time to connect with decks, but I would like to give myself at least a month. Sometimes I buy decks with certain Instagram challenges in mind and that helps a lot to connect with a deck, or to know if we don’t connect.

3. What consecration ritual(s) do you use with new divination tools?

I don’t have any rituals, although I should. I started writing a little welcome letter/note to my decks and storing it in the box or bag with the cards, but I did not keep up with that. Some rituals I’ve heard about are looking through all the cards, picking out the ones you like best  and the ones you like least, and giving each individual card your own meaning. I’m looking forward to reading other’s rituals to get ideas from :).

Tarot Thursday Three

I am joining a small group of tarot bloggers on a challenge/activity started by Julia of Spiral Sea Tarot, each Thursday we will answer three tarot related questions, we can submit questions as well for the upcoming Thursdays. I have already fallen behind on two Thursdays, but I am determined to join. Below are the questions and my responses for the first Thursday (January 5, 2017). These questions were put together by Julia.

1. How do you know when to stop shuffling?

This is a very good question. When I started learning to read the tarot I followed the usual shuffling method: shuffle three times, do a wash, cut the deck in three piles, pick a pile, compile piles, draw the card on the top. I did that for a while, but then I started shuffling my own way, that is to say with no method. So when do I know to stop shuffling? It’s kind of hard to explain, when I shuffle with no method, I either get a feeling that it’s time to stop, or I’ll also stop if a card jumps out of the deck. I have had times where I shuffled for a long time and even I ask myself when will I stop shuffling!? Usually if I have shuffled too long it also tells me that I might not be focused enough so I bring my attention back to it.

2. Have you ever had a spooky or supernatural experience while working with the cards?

I would say I have had several spooky situations, if you count cards jumping and mysteriously falling out of the deck as supernatural. Although I would say the most spooky situations happened when I did a spirit guide challenge last year, also hosted by Julia. During the challenge we connected with one spirit guide and communicated with them through the cards. One experience that was kind of spooky was when we asked our Guide to give us a sign outside of the cards. There were two cards that came out frequently for me during that challenge, the 10 of pentacles and the King of Pentacles. On the day we had asked our Guide for a message/sign I found a King of Pentacles and 10 of pentacles playing cards in the back pockets of my jeans. They didn’t magically get there, my oldest put them in my pockets without me noticing, but I did think that was my sign.

3. Is there a card that you still struggle to interpret at times (maybe even dread when it pops up!)?

I still struggle with the court cards. I don’t know if I should read them as people or energies. I usually read them as energies, but what if they are supposed to represent people? I do dread when they come up, and it is often, especially when I am reading for other people.

Well that wraps up the first Thursday. Thanks for stopping by!

2016 Reflection

This holiday season has been harder for me to get through than others. I’m not someone who hates the holidays, but I am someone who does not want to comply with the expectations of holidays, while at the same time, I want to make this time exciting and fun for my daughters. The holidays bring a lot of feelings to the surface. Don’t get me wrong, I love feelings. But they are heavy sometimes, they are overwhelming sometimes.

In particular the happenings of this year do not make one cheering and full of joy. But I guess every year has it’s good things and bad things, this year just feels especially heavy and dark for me. Which is why I am looking forward to the new year, when hope for better things will be born again. Meanwhile, let’s make it through the rest of the year day by day. There are only 6 days left after all.

Over on my Instagram account I did a 2016 year wrap up spread shared by Vanessa (@arcanum.iter) and it gave me a lot of good information and is helping me close out this year. So I will share that with you on this blog post.

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Deck: Bonefire Tarot by Gabi Angus West 

 

  1. Major accomplishments of the year? I got The Moon. In 2016 I delved deep within my own intuition and explored the shadow/unknown sides of my self. I had many reflections assisted by my tarot cards, my crystals, meditations, and my friends/family. I paid more attention to my dreams, I paid more attention to all the ways that Spirit communicates with me in day to day life. I became even more comfortable with living in the mystery.
  2. Strength of the year? King of Cups. An interesting card. I went through a lot of emotional growth and development. I had some hard times, and I learned from them.
  3. Weakness of the year? Two of Swords. I have gotten this card a few times before. To me it speaks of decision making, and using the power of the mind to cut through the clutter of the outside world, to be able to listen deeper to the within. Interesting how my major accomplishment was to go within and go deeper, and this is also related to my weakness. I just touched the surface, there is so much more to explore.
  4. What to release from 2016? King of Coins. Another King, and a lot of masculine energy. When I was doing my journaling about this card I wrote down: “material focus, material fears, material attachments”. In 2016 I was very focused with getting things: getting card decks, getting crystals, getting other spiritual tools. I would really like to not do that in 2017. I would like to expand my knowledge and expand my relationships with the tools I already have. I have struggled a lot with controlling the impulse to buy the newest and coolest decks, or the prettiest crystals. I don’t like that I have decks that I don’t even use, but I bought them for a reason. I’m someone who tends to develop obsessive behaviors, and obsessions with certain things. When I start doing this I know there is something going on, something that I am trying to hide, a hole that I am trying to fill, but it doesn’t work. So my goal for 2017 is to keep that in check, not under control, but in check.
  5. Advice for 2017? I got two cards: 8 of Coins and 9 of Coins. These are two very good cards to get. The 8 of Coins shows a woman working on her creative projects, I have my creative projects that I also want to accomplish in 2017. The 9 of Coins is a card about abundance but also about gratitude, about realizing the abundance that we have already been given, and shifting expectations about what abundance looks like. Actually letting go of expectations of what abundance looks like and just occupying our space full of gratitude.

I hope that the holidays are treating you kindly. I have so much hope for 2017 and I want to share that hope with you.

 

Fall Transitions

ivy-1785391_640Can you believe that we are nearing the middle of November already? With the holidays coming up November and December are usually a blur.

Around this time last year I started my journey into the tarot. I bought my first deck, the Universal Rider Waite; I joined two Instagram challenges (they were the  #twtarotchallenge  and #modernmysticchallenge) I was already an over achiever since the beginning. I did my first few pulls in my personal account, but I soon realized if I was really going to join this community I needed an account devoted to it, and the rest is history, as they say.

I’ve met some wonderful people on this path, and some have become close friends whom I cherish and miss when they go on a social media breaks. The tarot community on Instagram is very supportive, I love being a part of it.

Earlier this year I started offering readings for people who may need them, I’ve had the opportunity to provide encouraging messages to my friends and clients. I enjoy having this skill, and using it to bring comfort and guidance to those who seek it.

This fall I am embarking on another journey, I am taking my writing more seriously. I have made a goal for myself to write a series of short stories over the next year, and by October 2017, I hope to self-publish them, even if just as a downloadable file here on my blog. Being a writer is my longest held dream, the one that has never left me, no matter where I find myself in life.

Earlier in October I turned 30, and even though the difference between 29 and 30 is really not that significant, I feel different. Now that I am 30 I feel that I have the right to certain things, I have the right to not give a crap about what other people think, I have the right to say what I think, I have the right to express who I am.

Maybe it’s not so much that I have the right, as much as I feel I now have the confidence to do those things. I also feel like I have more responsibilities too, I am making myself responsible for cooking the Thanksgiving dinner this year (something that I have never done), taking my motherhood even more seriously and being more intentional, nourishing my marriage and friendship to my husband, and really developing  and continuing to grow my spiritual practice.

This upcoming year will be full of adventures and good memories, with the occasional meltdown, probably. I’m excited. I hope your fall transitions are also leaving you excited for what lies ahead.

Voice of Your Intuition Spread

A while back I did a spread Screenshot_20160822-105419using the Vision Quest Tarot App by The Fool’s Dog (they have awesome apps for great tarot decks, I highly recommend trying them out).

This spread is called Voice of Your Intuition.

The card in the middle is position 1 and answers the  question of how to strengthen your intuition. My card is the Ten of Fire (Wands). This card has come up for me a couple of times in other readings. To  strengthen my intuition I have to work on letting go of things that don’t benefit me, things being feelings, beliefs, emotions, action, thoughts, habits, etc. etc. The card description in this app are great and really helpful, for this card I liked a sentence that kind of summarized it’s meaning for me: “Take heart, and let your life force flow as it wants to, without fear of the consequences.”

The next card gives information about helpful influences that can assist you in listening to your intuition. For this position I pulled the Daughter of Water (Cups).  Being aware of and in tune with my emotions is the first step in developing my intuition and being able to receive its guidance.

Next up is a card that represents hindrances to  being able to hear the voice of my intuition. Interestingly enough I pulled the Ace of Water for this position, another card dealing with emotions. It’s a very complementary message to the previous card, repressing my emotions does not help me in hearing my intuition, I must accept them and let them flow through me.

The next card is for what I can learn by listening to my intuition, and the card that came out is Life Force (Strength). By listening to my intuition I can learn to experience life fully. Another line from the description of this card that explains its meaning much better than I could is: “The profound understanding of our immortality as spirit causes us to become ecstatic.” This is a message that is seen through out all of this deck, and consistent with Native American beliefs, and my beliefs.

Lastly, the spread asks how to use my intuition, the 10 of Waters came out for this position. Another cups card, this has been a very eye opening reading about the importance of our emotions in being able to listen to our intuition. This card is one of my favorite cards of the tarot. I can use my intuition to reach emotional fulfillment, and fulfillment in other levels too.  How? By staying open minded and open hearted, rejoicing, rediscover myself, being generous, flowing and being abundant.

This is a great reading if you want to learn more about how to connect with your intuition. I hope you are called to give it a try!